Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 8, 2019

Learning, Design & Technology Mike Taylor

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” — Bruce Lee

November is birthday month for the boys in our house. It is hard to believe our oldest is kicking off his teenage years (as if I needed any more signs of my own advancing age!) With birthday celebrations, Thanksgiving and a quick adventure to Disney lined up, this is looking like an action-packed month. Here are a few action-packed items to kick off this week’s finds from the Learning, Design & Technology world. Thanks for reading!

P.S. – Thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to last week’s request. I always welcome and appreciate hearing from you and getting feedback. 

Last week’s most clicked item:
Research Reveals PowerPoint Is Not to Blame

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning That Resonates: The AGES Model

Judy Albers (@judy_albers) share the AGES model which says that new concepts are more likely to stick if you adhere to these principles:

  • Attention is critical.
  • Generating insights takes time.
  • Emotions govern.
  • Spaced learning sticks.

Research on Emotional Learning Design

An interesting debate has taken place in the past decade over whether learning materials should be aesthetically appealing to promote learning. Chris Drew, PhD (@helpfulprof) shares some research on how aesthetically pleasing texts can enhance positive emotions for learners. This can have the effect of increasing motivation and helping facilitate comprehension.

Expertise in the Age of YouTube

In this article from the Behavioral Scientist blog, Ed Bradon (@EdBradon) shares some reasons we should be optimistic about the potential for learning facilitated by the internet. “We can, by putting a few basic elements in place, move large groups of people quickly up the learning curve of almost anything.”

Expertise in the Age of YouTube

Design Thinking is Like Cooking

Design Thinking has been a popular topic lately. Check out what Sarah Gibbons (@segibb) Chief Designer at the Nielsen Norman Group has to say about how you progress through stages: being a beginner, an intermediate practitioner, and possessing advanced expertise. This progression is like learning to cook: you won’t be a master chef on day 1, but there are appropriate #skills to aim for at each level. This goes for anything you’re learning not just design thinking. If you’re curious for more, you might want to check out the entire Design Thinking playlist that has a lot of good stuff.

Grab These Helpful L&D Resources from the Marketing Playbook

These are a few of the resources from the workshop I led with Bianca Baumann at DevLearn last week. Pop over and check out a few useful resources for creating learner personas, along with a few things to help with writing better copy and headlines.

Dynamic Video-style PowerPoint Transitions [Free Download]

I was reading a post about transition effects in Adobe Premiere recently and realized they could easily be created in PowerPoint (or Storyline, etc). These are the resulting transitions you can download and use in your next project.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

What I’m listening to

I’m not sure how he discovered it but my son has taken a liking to Queen and other classic rock tunes which is reminding me of many fond memories this morning .

Conference Roundup

Check out the upcoming conference action and please let me know if you see any I´ve missed.

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I’m always looking for great people and organizations who want to help people learn and work better. If you’re one of them, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

2 thoughts on “Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 8, 2019

  1. Hi Mike! I always enjoy your Friday Finds newsletter! This week, I’d love to read more about this, but can’t seem to find a link to it: “Chris Drew, PhD (@helpfulprof ) shares some research on how aesthetically pleasing texts can enhance positive emotions for learners. This can have the effect of increasing motivation and helping facilitate comprehension.”

    Can you point me in the right direction for this? Thank you!

    Sheila B Robinson, Ed.D Custom Professional Learning, LLC

    Adjunct Professor, University of Rochester Warner School of Education Lead Curator, aea365 Tip-A-Day By and For Evaluators Coordinator,  AEA Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i) Past Chair,  AEA PK-12 Educational Evaluation TIG



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